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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 28, 2010 / 17 Menachem-Av, 5770

Where's the aid for the oft-ravaged Gulf Coast?

By Kathleen Parker

Kathleen Parker


http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | When people think of New Orleans, most think of jazz, hurricane cocktails, Katrina -- and now the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

But there's another stormy concoction barreling toward the nation's capital -- in the nicest possible way. They call themselves "Women of the Storm," and they want new money to go with old promises to restore the Gulf Coast.

Meet Anne Milling, who formed the organization with a diverse group of women after Hurricane Katrina to educate policymakers and communicate the needs of their communities. A lifelong volunteer, Milling speaks with the distinctive New Orleans accent as she describes her group and its mission. Think of them as happy warriors -- nonpartisan and nonpolitical -- who have learned that you can get more with honey than with vinegar.

This isn't to say that they're demure. After Katrina, Milling and 130 others twice hopped a chartered plane to Washington, raised blue-tarp umbrellas and visited congressional offices, urging elected representatives to visit their hurricane-ravaged region and help the coastal region recover. More than 50 senators and about 150 representatives made their way to Louisiana to see the devastation for themselves.

Milling's group plans to stage a reenactment in September, in the wake of Katrina's five-year anniversary (Aug. 29), this time bearing a petition with, they hope, hundreds of thousands of signatures demanding money to restore the gulf ecosystem damaged by the BP oil spill.

The petition has been posted online, along with a video of local and national celebrities calling for all Americans to "Be the One" to help save the coast. Some of the familiar faces include James Carville and Mary Matalin, musicians Dave Matthews and Lenny Kravitz, actors Sandra Bullock and John Goodman, chefs Emeril Lagasse and Leah Chase, "Mad Men" actor Bryan Batt and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. Each holds up an index finger, reminiscent of Iraqi voters without the purple stain, and entreats viewers to "be the one" to save the pelicans, sea turtles, seafood, coastal culture, wetlands and so on.

In a crisis-saturated world sodden with cynicism and conspiratorial ennui, these women inspire. And their petition, which has attracted more than 100,000 signatures since it was posted a week ago, offers a vehicle for channeling the frustration many Americans feel toward what sometimes seems a hopeless situation.

A signature may not seem like much, but it will help Milling & Co. make their point. Which is: The Gulf Coast crisis affects all Americans, not just coastal residents. Indeed, about 30 percent of the nation's seafood comes from waters off Louisiana. The oil spill has resulted in an indefinite ban on fishing in 35 percent of federal waters in the gulf, while the long-term environmental effects are still being determined.

Meanwhile, the fishing communities and coastal culture unique to the area have been destroyed. As just one example, Venice, La., 50 miles from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, is facing extinction. Tourism has taken a huge hit as beaches have closed and vacation packages have been canceled.

The port of New Orleans, one of the nation's busiest, is expected to lose business as cleanup efforts hinder traffic flow. Finally, the region provides 30 percent of the crude oil and 13 percent of all natural gas produced in the United States. While a moratorium on drilling may be a popular notion given the circumstances, the impact from loss of jobs and revenue will be felt beyond Louisiana.

Milling hopes to recruit women from other coastal states to join her in pressuring Washington to act. She notes, always graciously, that Washington is good about creating programs but not so good at following through with funding.

Congress passed the Water Resources Development Act of 2007, specifically authorizing projects that would do much to restore the gulf wetlands. But so far, no money. Environmental groups with which Milling's group have been working published an open letter Tuesday to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus urging him to call for immediate funding of the act.

Among the priorities is reconnecting the Mississippi River with its delta wetlands and restoring barrier islands.

For an administration that favors shovel-ready jobs and has stimulus funds idling, not to mention about $32 billion in BP monies, the gulf restoration project would seem a worthy and urgent target. A perfect storm for a region that has seen too many.

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